Less than a 10th of China’s couples apply to have second childBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h352 (Published 23 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h352
- Shuping Dai, Lingzhong Xu
- 1School of Public Health, Shandong University
Fewer than a million of China’s 11 million eligible couples have applied to have a second child since the country relaxed its one child rule early last year, government figures have shown. The rules now allow couples to have a second child if either parent is an only child.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) predicted that the new policy would result in a baby boom with an extra two million babies on average born each year, but the take-up rate of the new …